Johnny Flynn – Shepherds Bush Empire, London


It would appear that Johnny Flynn has been a slow burning candle in world of the terribly entitled ‘nu-folk’ genre as his counter parts,  Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons went onto achieve instant success after the release of their début albums.  This I think, makes people love him even more.

Flynn humbly walks onto the stage to a jam packed room of hysteric fans as he’s managed to sell out Sheperd’s Bush just months after the release of his glorious second album Been Listening’ , a sure sign that he’s really made it as an artist. The audience is a diverse selection of couples, young girls and old folk fanatics, which shows the depth in his sound.

Every song that he plays, old or new, goes down beautifully which proves that the crowd of people gathered before him have definitely been listening to ‘Been Listening.’  Audience favourites are however:  ‘Kentucky Pill’, ‘Leftovers’, ‘The Box’ and his chosen encore song ‘Tickle Me Pink.’ Flynn also had a very special surprise for the audience which came in the form of Laura Marling as he brought her onto the stage to perform their duet ‘The Water’ from his second album.  The audience just starred in awe as they witnessed this magnificent work of folk tinged artwork live for the first time.  It was certainly the moment that everyone was talking about after the gig had finished and I’m sure it’ll be one to be remembered in years to come.  This evening confirms that Flynn is now a fully fledged ‘nu-folk’ hero.

Been Listening is out now on Trangressive Records and you can check out an acoustic performance from Marling and Flynn of their duet below.